The Cavs outlasted the Rockets in a Summer League travesty: Overtime. But a 95-90 victory that keeps the Cavs undefeated in Vegas play. The Cavs were led by 16 points from Kay Felder, 15 points from T.J. Williams and 14 apiece from Casey Prather and Brandon Paul. The Rockets were led by 21 points from Troy Williams and 18 from Isaiah Taylor.
Paul still can’t find the range from three, but he continues to be a strong defender and ball mover. If I was a betting man (and I’m clearly not, I bet $40 on the Bulls today... THE BULLS) I’d pick him as the standout for a two-way contract between the Charge and Cavs. Would he take it? He’s already on a pro team in Turkey.
Williams blew up with a huge game pouring in 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists off the bench. Keep track of him as the summer continues.
The massive center didn’t put up big numbers, but his impact was felt on a Rockets team that failed to score well all night. I still can’t figure out how he fits in with the pro Cavs, but that can be a worry for another time. He has a place in the league.
Prather put together a solid offensive game scoring 14 points and hitting 2-3 from the three-point line. He should be in the mix with Paul and Andrew White for two-way contracts.
White wasn’t very good, but he only played six minutes. This is something to monitor going forward.
Jones struggled offensively but was solid in other areas. You wonder how/if he’ll translate, but he’s a pro player somewhere.
Put up a 13-10 double double and hit 2-2 from deep. I still wonder where he translates to in the NBA game, but he can play.
Felder again showed some defensive chops. He showed that he has great vision. He has a tight handle that can get him anywhere.
But he shot 5-18 from the field, had nine fouls, and four turnovers. There is so much to believe in with Felder, but the instances of him struggling against length are piling up. If he can’t find consistent success against middling and lower NBA talent in Summer, how can he succeed in the league?
I’m really hoping for a strong game from the floor on Monday, and a clear path to an NBA future. It would be great to see and he has so many other talents to bring that just can’t sustain the lack of a consistent offensive game at his size.
The Cavs will face the Warriors on Monday. We’ll see you then.